Faneromeni Monastery (Moni Faneromeni)
The sacred monastery with its beautiful gardens was built in a hill, near to the capitol. Faneromeni Monastery is the most famous monastery in Lefkada island, with several precious icons, paintings, carvings, books and other religious relics.
Legends said that in ancient times there was built a marble temple dedicated to Artemis, goddess of hunt, forests and animals. In the Greek mythology Artemis was described as a daughter of Zeus. Two thousands years ago Apostle Paul sent three of his students to Lefkada island to spread Christianity, and one of them was built a church, over the ruins of an ancient marble temple. The founder of the church, Sosion became the first bishop of Lefkada island.
Over the centuries Faneromeni monastery was many times rebuilt, because fires and eartquakes have destroyed the buildings several times. The monastery has an Ecclesiastical Museum, where hundreds of religious are hosted. You can walk around the relics, silvered and gold-plated religious objects, wooden carvings, hundreds of years old paintings. The exhibiton includes sacred objects not only from Faneromeni, but from other smaller monasteries of Lefkada island. The monastery is surrounded by a beautiful garden with dozens of grapes, geraniums, pines and other lush vegetation.
Next to the parking site there is a small zoo for children. You can see there tiny parrots, hens, deers, squirrels, and even some turtles!
The name “Faneromeni” comes from the Greek word “Fanerono (Φανερώνω)”, which means “reveal”.
Guide to Faneromeni Monastery
Coordinates: 38.825401, 20.678116
5 km west from Lefkada town
Facilities: small zoo at the southern entrance
Accessibility: by car (asphalt road)
Opening hours: 8:00 – 14:00, 16:00 – 19:00
Entrance Fee: –
Faneromeni Monastery on map